Oh, For the Love of Coffee!

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It was International Coffee Day on October 1 over the weekend, how did you celebrate that special occasion? How does one even celebrate such an occasion, since it isn’t a day where you pay visits to your relatives, or collect red packets of money from your elders, or attend open houses with big scrumptious feasts…

Oh that’s easy. The fact that the day is even known as International Coffee Day means all one has to do is celebrate the presence and birth of coffee, and all things related to coffee.

I know I’m a couple of days late but today, I want to talk about coffee. I used to drink a lot of coffee once upon a time, as I have mentioned before. Lately, however, I’ve not drank a cup of joe since January 2016. Yes, it has been 10 months since I last drank a proper cup of coffee. I had a cappuccino once, but that ended quite terribly for me. It left me in pain, so immense I could hardly breathe! It may be a common notion for some people to be affected by coffee, but I’ve known other people to be perfectly fine, even going as far as to having 3 cups a day!

Say ‘Hello’ to Coffee

International Coffee Day is used to promote fair trade coffee, raise awareness for the plight of the coffee growers, as well as to promote and celebrate coffee as a beverage with events that now occur in places across the globe. October 1, 2015 was the first official date as agreed by the International Coffee Organization, and was launched in Milan.

It is on this very day that many businesses would try to offer free or discounted cups of coffee. Some businesses even share coupons and special deals with their loyal customers via social media or social networking.

No one knows the exact origin of International Coffee Day, but what we do know was that an event had been first promoted in Japan in 1983 by The All Japan Coffee Association. The name “International Coffee Day” was first used by the Southern Food and Beverage Museum where a press conference had been called on October 3, 2009, to celebrate it and to announce the first New Orleans Coffee Festival.

Did you know that…

  • cappuccino comes from the resemblance of the drink to the clothing worn by Capuchin monks?
  • Kopi Luwak is the world’s most expensive coffee and is made from the coffee beans eaten and then excreted by a Sumatran wild cat?
  • coffee beans are actually seeds inside the bright red berries that grow on trees?
  • coffee was banned by the Muslim rulers in the 16th century because of its unusual stimulating effects?
  • a Belgian man living in Guatemala by the name of George Washington had invented the instant coffee in 1906?

Did you also know that according to legend…

  • King Charles II had banned coffee shops in 1675 because he thought that people were gathering there to conspire against him?
  • Ethiopian shepherds had first discovered the profound caffeinating effects of coffee when they noticed their goats had begun to “dance” after eating coffee berries?

Did you know all these things? Well, neither did I but it sure was a great eye-opener when I did my research on it. If you want to know other facts of coffee that I didn’t mention here, you can go to The Cultureist for a look at their 35 Unusual Facts About Coffee infographics.

 

 

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